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Ousted: Local Big League team eliminated in semifinals

Kerry Gilstrap/The Courier S.C. District 1 shortstop Jacob Childress tosses the ball to second base to try to put out Florida’s Brenden Overton during their U.S. semifinal game Tuesday evening at the More »

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PICKENS – The Pickens Police Department is looking for any information that will lead to the identification of three suspects shown in the pictures above. Just before 6 a.m. on June 11 More »

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Ousted: Local Big League team eliminated in semifinals

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Kerry Gilstrap/The Courier

S.C. District 1 shortstop Jacob Childress tosses the ball to second base to try to put out Florida’s Brenden Overton during their U.S. semifinal game Tuesday evening at the J.B. “Red” Owens Complex in Easley. Florida won 6-0 to advance to Wednesday’s championship game against Puerto Rico.

EASLEY — Facing off against a pitcher on a mission to send his team to the championship game of the Big League

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World Series, there wasn’t much the South Carolina District 1 host team could do to help its own cause Tuesday night.

Florida pitcher Bradford Deppermann turned in a one-hit gem, as he struck out eight batters against just one walk in a complete-game effort to lift Florida — representing the Southeast region — to a 6-0 victory and into Wednesday’s championship game against Puerto Rico.

The game between Florida and Puerto Rico — which defeated Latin America by a final score of 3-0 in the other semifinal game Tuesday — will be televised live by ESPN2 from the J.B. “Red” Owens Complex at 6:30 p.m.

Local official to help shape new math standards

COUNTY — A Pickens County educator will be part of the team that shapes South Carolina’s new math standards.

Janice Ward, the coordinator of secondary education for the School District of Pickens County, was one of 19 educators selected by the South Carolina Department of Education to help write the new state math standards.

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Janice Ward

A total of 365 educators were nominated to serve on the teams to write the new English and math standards, and the SCDE chose applicants based on their level of expertise and ensured the team represented the diversity found across the state and in its schools.

“I was honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve,” Ward said. “We had a very positive and productive first meeting on July 21, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the writing process.”

“This team represents the best and brightest in the field of math around our state,” said Dr. Mick Zais, South Carolina Superintendent of Education. “The charge of the General Assembly was tough, but clear: develop new, high-level, college- and career-ready standards that meet the needs of South Carolina students. Given the level of talent and experience these educators have, I am confident they are up to the task.”

The new standards are scheduled to go before the State Board of Education for final approval in March 2015. They will be implemented starting in the 2015-2016 school year. South Carolina will still use Common Core State Standards during the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.

 

GOLD STANDARD: Easley resident earns medals at National Special Olympics

By Nikki Rutledge
For The Courier

nrutledge@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Easley resident Todd McKinney, 48, won big at this year’s National Special Olympics last month in New Jersey, bringing home two medals for bowling.

Special to The Courier Easley resident Todd McKinney poses with his recently earned National Special Olympics medals for bowling and a past trophy for softball.

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Easley resident Todd McKinney poses with his recently earned National Special Olympics medals for bowling and a past trophy for softball.

Todd and his partner, David Wolf, won the gold medal in the Unified Doubles division, coming in with a score of 297. McKinney also won a bronze medal in the Singles division with a score of 370 points.

McKinney, a past gold medal winner in softball unified and bocce, said he has been bowling for about four years, and picked up the sport just to try something new.

“I like to play bocce, too, but bowling is my favorite now,” he said.

McKinney uses a different technique than most when he holds his bowling ball, using his index and middle fingers instead of the typical middle-and-ring-finger approach.

Help sought from public to identify suspects

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PICKENS – The Pickens Police Department is looking for any information that will lead to the identification of three suspects shown in the pictures above. Just before 6 a.m. on June 11 a debit/visa card was stolen from The Hideout Club in Easley and later used by suspect #1 at the Pickens Wal-Mart located on Gentry Memorial Highway. A second suspect, shown above as suspect #2, is believed to be working with suspect #1. Suspect #3 appears to be the driver of a dark colored SUV the three were driving. If you have any information regarding the incident or the suspects, please contact the Pickens Police Department. At 878-6366.

 


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